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adjective nasty pronunciation in British English /ˈnɑːsti/
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  1. 1
    very unpleasant to taste, smell, see, or feel
    a nasty cold wind
    nasty-looking bugs
    cheap and nasty: cheap and nasty red wine
    1. a.
      a nasty situation is unpleasant or upsetting
      a nasty divorce/task/job
      a nasty shock/surprise: My phone bill came as a nasty shock.
  2. 2
    nasty behaviour is unkind or offensive
    She said some very nasty things about him.
    a nasty look
    1. a.
      a nasty person says or does unkind things to people
      a mean, nasty man/woman/child
    2. b.
      used for talking about behaviour and people that are threatening
      Some really nasty people are looking for him.
      turn nasty: He could turn nasty.
  3. 3
    serious or dangerous
    a nasty accident/injury/cough/cold
    some nasty environmental effects
    a nasty storm


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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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